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The electric fuel pump in this car is located inside the fuel tank, it is a very small pump but able to do its job without burning out because it is cooled by the gas it is immersed in, when you run out of gas you severely overheated the pump and it seizes up the rotor that pumps the gas. You should avoid ever letting the fuel tank level go below 1/8 tank on gauge to avoid pump damage from heat. Bottom line you will need to replace the fuel pump. I have seen this happen dozens of times in cars towed to the shop after they ran out of fuel..
Are you sure it ran out of gas? Check fuel pressure. these are famous for breaking the timing belt. Does it sound normal when cranking? If not, check and make sure the cam is turning, if not. you have a broken timing belt and bent valves.
Fuel injected? You may have to remove the air cleaner and put a small amount of gas into the intake manually. Or worse case scenario, the fuel pump has quit because you ran out of gas. They really depend on fuel to keep them cool, and will overheat quickly.
I would look at the possibility of a clogged fuel filter first. Some contaminants from the bottom of the fuel tank may have clogged it up when the tank was run empty. It has been known to happen. Hope this helped and best wishes.
The reason is:
When you completely run out of gas your gas lines are completely
drained of fuel. When you refuel the car the fuel lines are still
empty, and you will need to crank the car until the fuel pump has
filled the gas lines and established the correct fuel pressure.I also suggest you turn key to on position to let electrical system run fuel pump and when ready to crank over engine have battery hooked up to a battery charger this should do it!!
the electric fuel pump inside the tank needs fuel to cool itself. if you ran out of gas and tried to start several times it is possible to burn out the motor. also you will **** all the dirt inside the tank when this happens. either you have to replace the pump or you have clogged the filter